On Wednesday late evening I checked the forecast for Friday morning and it said that heavy snow was forecast to start falling late Thursday and continue most of Friday.
As we live in a valley (every way out is up) in the Dales I knew that I would have to be up at 5am to clear the car and entrance drive and set off by 8 am to reach the 2 roads that would have been cleared the A59 to the South and a bus route to the North.
However even with. 4x4 it could be problematic. Thatís why I bought a 4x4.
We therefore were able to change the appointment until Monday afternoon which rather surprised us.
I have been checking the forecast so that we can get out to the supermarket so did that yesterday afternoon click and collect. The forecast has changed since Wed. At 8 am today we could have been on our way to the Hospital.
At 8.45 am today snow started to fall and as I write itís getting moderately heavy. But drivable.
Could I have got to the Hospital today. ? Very Iffy. To get the 1 mile up to the A 59 a constant climb but there are 2-3 spots where the snow loves to rest. A third of the way up yesterday there was a stretch of 150 yards with 1Ē covering of snow.
Finally, if we had been able to get to the Hospital it could well be that we would not get back.
Access to where we live could be very dodgy and if Harrogate itself has heavy snow no chance. My daughter and son in law got stuck in Harrogate for 4 hours a few years ago because it was gridlocked. They had no problem as in. LR Defender But everybody else stuck. If you have front wheel drive you are better off than rear wheel drive cars. BMW & Merckís a no no unless 4x4.
I remember in the late 80ís I would go to the company bolt stores and get 6 or more bags of bolts used for trial assembly and put them in the boots of the various bossís and staffís cars to load the back ends. I didnít need to as I just put all my lead weights from my dive gear in the boot, dive belt plus spares about 60 lbs ( I used to cast some dive weights back then) .
Back then I was a dab hand at weather forecasting due to my diving, able to read the Sky if there was. Anything untoward happening. A front coming in sooner than expected.
Back then I would be able to look out my bossís window and till how much time we had to get on our way home.
There were about 5 or 6 of the staff lived in Knaresborough and as you have to cross the river Nidd at one of the two bridges with steep access, trouble.
One year it became a nightmare. I had gone to work with my boss who lived very near me as I expected snow and I could at least push his car ( he had a gammy leg).
We were delayed in doing a bolt for home as we were in a tender meeting.
It ended up that we formed a convoy of 4 cars. I was in the second car so I could help any that got stuck.
That night still stick in my mind, I ended up as a Marshall directing more than 15 cars away from the Low bridge.
No cars could get up either of the 2 main approach roads so it was gridlock. The only way out was along a narrow road Abbey Road which links the two bridges and goes out towards York along the side of the Nidd.
Just as well I had all the proper gear on after a close call the week before.
Since those days I have lost The ability to read the weather. Age and lack of use but the way the weather forms has changed over the years. You no longer get the buildup of cloud in the East which made it easy to identify that snow was coming. Now itís more just grey stuff.
Just something different from doom and gloom.
Allan C. Jobs to do no logging today.
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